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NUH Library Services

Welcome to NUH Library Services

NUH Library Services are available to anyone employed by NUH Trust, and to University of Nottingham students on placement within NUH.


What's on offer?

  • E Resources Including e-Books, e-Journals, UpToDate, Clinical Key, examination revision packages, and more

  • Information Skills Training Join a group session or book a bespoke session with our trainer

  • Article and Book request Service If we don't have access to the book or article you need, you can request up to 10 items free per year

  • Access to the City Hospital Library Facilities include study spaces, PCs, laptops for loan, and hard copy book loans (including fiction)

  • Access to study space, PCs and laptops on the QMC site

Library Membership
We aim to offer library users a bespoke service, tailored to individual work and study needs. Please email to request access to any of our services, including access to  library services at QMC, and a member of the team will be in contact to discuss your requirements.

NUH Library (City)

First floor, Postgraduate Education Centre (next to the Cityside Restaurant)

Tel: 0115 962 7787, or Ext: 56787


Library Membership To request membership at the City Hospital Library please email

24 Hour OpeningThe library is staffed Monday - Friday 09:00 - 17:00. To request access to the unstaffed service please email


Library Facilities at the City Hospital

Study spaces: 6 individual study spaces are available - 5 in the main library and 1 in the quiet study.

PCs: 4 PCs on the NUH network and 1 PC on the University network.

Laptops: Laptops are available to loan within the library.  Ask at the counter for more information.


Click and collect book service (including fiction collection):

  • Simply browse the catalogue at

  • Select the title you require and click on Reserve.  You will need to log in with your library card number.

  • Alternatively, you can email providing the details of the book you require and your library card number.

  • Reservations and requests will be collected from the shelves by a member of the library team once a day and be available for collection from the library the following day.

  • For help with using this service, please watch this short YouTube video How to use the click and collect service


Returning books:

  • Please return books to the book box at the top of the library stairs.  There will be no fines charged for overdue items.

  • All returned books will be quarantined for 72 hours before being wiped and returned to the shelves.


Register for an Athens account

An Athens account allows you to access a range of online educational resources, including e-journals, e-books, UpToDate, and healthcare databases.

You can register for an Athens account online at This user guide provides more information about how to register for an Athens account.


Electronic journals

To access e-journals visit the Journals and Databases page of the NICE Evidence website where you can search by journal title or browse an A-Z list. Please be aware that you MUST log into your Athens account in order to access all of the journals to which you are entitled.      

This user guide provides more information about how to access e-journals. We also offer training sessions designed to help you access e-journals. Please see our Information Skills Training page for details.

You can also use BrowZine to access all of our journal subscriptions in a single location. BrowZine allows you to browse, search article content, create reading lists, save and share articles, and export citations to reference manager software. The app is available on Android and iOS, and can be downloaded from the app store of your choice; select "Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust", and enter your OpenAthens login details when prompted.



EBL: The Electronic Book Library includes thousands of titles and allows users to request e-books on a short-term loan basis. Log in with your Athens username and password. For help accessing and using this service, see our EBL E-books Guide.

E-books from Ovid: NUH staff have access to 18 Ovid e-books via Athens. See our Ovid E-books Guide for the list of books available and instructions on how to access them.

Kortext ebooks: A collection of over 100 healthcare ebooks from leading publishers such as Wiley, Taylor & Francis, Sage etc. on the Kortext platform available via OpenAthens and in the library catalogue.  The books can be browsed and searched either on the desktop or via mobile app.  A support site is available at



UpToDate is a clinical decision support system that helps clinicians and health care professionals provide best patient care. It is based on current medical evidence and aims to help answer clinical questions quickly and easily at the point of care. Each topic offers practical, detailed and evidence-based recommendations that clinicians can use at the point of care.

Access UpToDate with your Athens username and password at

You can also access UpToDate via the mobile app. You can use the app on up to two mobile devices including Android devices, iPhones and iPads; unfortunately the app is no longer compatible with Windows devices. Please see this user guide for more information.



  • Clinical Key, from Elsevier is an online library of books, journals, clinical overviews, patient education , clinical videos, decision making tools etc.
  • See available via OpenAthens
  • Download the mobile app (see the How to document here Clinical Key Mobile app.pdf)
  • You will need to create a personal profile in order to open book chapters in PDF format and to use TOC alerts, Presentation Maker and other advanced features
  • Includes over 900 ebooks, over 600 fulltext journals like The Lancet and Medicine, many other journals (including a full Medline feed), Procedures videos and various other content sources – including NICE Guidelines - across every medical and surgical specialty


BMJ Best Practice 

BMJ Best Practice is a clinical decision support tool for health professionals, which provides step-by-step guidance on diagnosis, prognosis, treatment and prevention. Access with your Athens username and password at, or click here for instant access. You can also set up a personal account at, and download the BMJ Best Practice app (currently available for Apple devices).

Video tutorials are available in the BMJ Resource Centre.


BMJ Case Reports

BMJ Case Reports is a peer-reviewed collection of cases in all disciplines, allowing healthcare professionals to find clinically important information on common and rare conditions. Access with your Athens username and password at

To submit a case, please email NUH Library Services ( to request the Institutional Fellowship code.


BMJ OnExamination

BMJ OnExamination caters for medical students and career-progressing postgraduate medical exams across a variety of specialties, including General Medicine, General Practice, Surgery, Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Child Health, Anaesthesia and Psychiatry. You can choose to answer questions by topic, type, difficulty level or weak area.

Please see this user guide for more information, and email NUH Library Services ( to request a username and password.


Health Education England eLearning for Healthcare (HEE e-LFH)

You have access to the e-LfH Hub and thousands of e-learning sessions. Log into your Athens account, select eLearning for Healthcare from the My Resources list, and then click on the NHS England link.
HEE e-LfH’s programmes cover subjects from audiology to anaesthesia, dentistry to dermatology, electronic foetal monitoring to end of life care, primary care to prescribing, safeguarding children to statutory and mandatory training. All content is nationally quality-assured and available 24/7. The online training sessions enhance traditional learning, support existing teaching methods and provide a valuable reference point.


Joanna Briggs Institute Database

Access via your Athens account. 
The Joanna Briggs Institute Database is an evidence based practice resource available on Ovid, providing information in medicine, nursing and allied health. The database contains Systematic Reviews, Evidence Summaries and Recommended Practices, Best Practice Sheets, Technical reports and Consumer Information sheets. Also includes links to a number of research tools.



NUH Library Services has now linked our full-text journal collections to PubMed. You will need to use the URL below to see which full-text journal articles you can access.

Go to

When you carry out a literature search, the NUH Library Services logo will be displayed if we provide the full-text article. Click on the logo to access the article. If you are not already logged in via Athens you will be prompted for your login details.


Medicine East Midlands

Education material to assist with studying for the MRCP, produced by a team of medical experts working within the East Midlands.

Article and book requests

If we can't provide access to the book or article that you need, you can request up to 10 free inter library loans per calendar year. Additional requests can be made, but will be charged at the full price of £7.50 per article, and £6 per book or whole journal issue. 


Literature Searching

A free literature searching service is available to staff who require information for clinical, managerial, research and other work-related purposes. 

To request a search, please complete and return the Literature Search Request Form to

Please try to provide as much information as possible about your topic, including the main keywords and any alternative keywords or concepts which may be relevant, and a minimum of 24 hours' notice (longer if it is a Friday or Bank Holiday) before the deadline for the search.